Thank you for offering to take the time to fill in these questions for us! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with you to produce the creative for your book Listen Mama, learning about your gripping story along the way.
1. Tell us more about your book, Listen Mama. What inspired you to write this?
It’s a true-life story of me growing up in Houston, Texas in the 1990s and shows the hardship, struggle, and also beauty of my mother’s struggle with mental illness and poverty. I hope that it is a reminder to her that she is loved, and possibly an inspiration to someone else that is going through similar circumstances, so they know that they are not alone.
2. What’s the story behind your book cover design? We’ve worked alongside you to evolve the concept, we’d love to know more behind the changes you requested.
My original cover design was wonderful, received many compliments, and I used it on some early promotional and review materials. It was more standard fair as seen in memoirs and bio books – an early photo of my mother holding me in the darkness, meant to convey the seriousness of the subject matter. Then right before publishing I had the idea for something a bit more personal, and was thrilled to team with BuzBooks again on the final image, which is of a drawing I designed and had transformed into a tattoo of my other on my arm years ago. It shows her in an ethereal, majestic sort of way, much like how I saw her as a child, and really resonated with me as well as others.